40 Days with Jesus – November 10th – Luke 17:20-37
I am a huge coffee drinker, the stronger the better, especially in the mornings. It takes about three cups a day to really wake me up and for me to become social and productive. You really don’t want to see or talk to me before my first cup each morning. The third cup is usually made and consumed at work. Some days after staff prayer I prepare that last cup, set it on my desk and am then called away for an impromptu meeting or phone call. There is nothing worse than coming back to that coffee assuming it is still hot, taking a swallow and finding out it is lukewarm; it’s enough to make me spit it out.
In preparing for this devotion, it dawned on me that this is exactly how God feels when I straddle the fence of my faith. He doesn’t want part of my life, he wants it all. It’s not enough for me to claim to be a Christian and do the Christian life style; it has to be at the very core of who I am and carry over to every area of my life.
In Luke 17, Jesus was teaching about the coming of the kingdom of God; he reminded the apostles of those times in the Old Testament when the people focused on the pursuit of worldly pleasures, instead of living a life pleasing to God. So, I ask myself; Is this me? Do I spend my time focused on the frivolous things of today? Am I more concerned with those things that really don’t matter than living for and being an example of Christ? And I realize that many times the answer is yes. There are way too many times that my focus is on the world and my faith walk becomes lukewarm… just like that coffee. He says in Luke 17:33 “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” I have to choose daily to focus on the bigger picture, His kingdom work. He died on the cross for me so that I can live for him.
Just like that cup of coffee I most enjoy, I need to be bold, strong and on fire for Him each day. If not, I am of no use to Him. The Bible makes it very clear in Revelations 3:16 “So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
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